How Heavily Armed is Montana?
In a recent article by CBS News, they looked at how heavily armed each state in America is. They used per capita weapons data based on ATF's National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record and 2013 data from the U.S. Census.
"While the ATF's National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record is the only accessible list of its kind, it is not all-inclusive. NFA firearms only include the categories regulated by The National Firearms Act of 1934: machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, suppressors, destructive devices like bombs and grenades, concealable devices with the ability to discharge a shot through the energy of an explosive, and any firearm with a bore over half an inch that has not been determined to have a legitimate sporting use.
But some guns fall outside of this scope, and many aren't registered, meaning surveys on gun ownership come to different conclusions. For a look at those results, look at this list."
Montana is actually in a three-way tie with Tennessee and Connecticut. All three rank 25th in the country in gun ownership. For Montana's size, there isn't really a lot of people. In Montana, for every 1,000 residents, there are 11.3 guns. That's 11,461 registered firearms dispersed among 1,015,165 people (Based on 2013 U.S. Census Data).
Wyoming took the #1 spot. Not from Montana? Click here to see how heavily armed your state is.